Provincial Support Announced for Apprentices in Nova Scotia

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Here is what you need to know about the recent commitment made by the government of Nova Scotia to invest $1.3 million to pave the way for apprentices on their journey towards red seal status.

As Nova Scotia’s largest employer of apprentices, Irving Shipbuilding is excited to see the recent commitment made by the government of Nova Scotia to invest $1.3 million to pave the way for apprentices on their journey towards red seal status.

Here is what you need to know about this exciting growth of opportunity for apprentices and tradespeople in Nova Scotia.

Effective immediately, the province will cover the annual tuition fee for apprentices studying in Nova Scotia. The removal of tuition, beginning with this September’s classes, will save apprentices up to $900 per year.

The removal of tuition for apprenticeship technical training is part of Nova Scotia’s plan to focus on improving the number of apprenticeship opportunities in the province and help apprentices complete their certification.  In addition to the government program, Irving Shipbuilding will continue to offer our apprentices the optional Deferred Payment Plan to temporarily defer the cost associated with books, exams and fees. For this plan, apprentices should continue to complete the Apprentice Meeting Request form and place it in the appropriate drop box. Apprentices who are already registered will not be subject to tuition fees.

Over the last three years, almost 100 of our apprentices completed their training and earned their red seal certification. We expect this number to grow as we continue our work revitalizing the Royal Canadian Navy fleet.   Apprentices are an important part of growing Canada’s next generation of shipbuilders. Pairing our experienced and skilled workers alongside apprentices helps to increase the shipbuilding talent and capacity in Canada for the long term.